Life Value

Life is a gift from God and human life should be valued because we are made in God's image.

In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. And on the sixth day, God created man. Throughout the story of God's creation, it says that what God created was good. What God created belongs to God.

The value of human life is based on God's creation. God created man, and created him in His own image.

Gen_9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

We Are in God's Image

The justification and reason why we are not to kill without cause is that we are made in God's image. The story of creation clearly tells us this.

Gen_1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen_1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Children in Image of Father

Gen_5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth...

The most angry person when a child dies is their parents. The child when born takes the image of their parents. Quite often when people see a baby for the first time, their comment is, "Oh, he has your nose." or similar comments. People gleefully comment on how the baby looks like their parents. This has probably been common since creation. It's important for children to be taught that we are all made in God's image, and therefore have value in God's eyes.

Failure to Value Life

In thinking of the disrespect that members of the 2x2 religion have for human life and others, the story of creation comes to mind. And when I see people influenced by the cult, I see the decline of love for their own parents, siblings and their respect for other people decline. And I believe the underlying reason is the rejection of God's word and the resulting acceptance of lies. The decline of faith in God, and their disbelief of God's word affects every aspect of their lives. Many times, their apparent joy in life declines dramatically as their relationships change and families are broken. The value of human life is inherent, and those who wrongfully take the lives of others or mount campaigns of hatred against Christians will have to answer to God.

Suicide - Self Taking Life

Thinking of Percy Watkins, a worker in the UK who took his own life, I cannot help but think that Satan's work of causing self-destruction was complete. I think of Judas, who after betraying Jesus Christ, went and committed suicide. Peter also betrayed Jesus Christ, but he repented and his life was preserved. It says of Judas:

Mat 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Judas had a gruesome death.

Act 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

The general prophecy in Psalms applied to all that persecuted Jesus Christ.

Psa 69:24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

My conclusion after reading the first two chapters of Genesis and the other scriptures I've listed above, is that people who don't have faith in God will disrespect themselves, disrespect the lives of even their own family, disrespect others and lose their own sense of the value of life.

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